Job Film actress
Years active 1910-1964
Top Roles Muley's Wife, Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman, Tommy's Mother, Tynmore Sister, Woman in Santa Line
Top GenresDrama, Silent Films, Romance, Comedy, Western, Short Films
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), True Story (based on)
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), (Director), (Producer)
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Mae Marsh Overview:

Legendary actress, Mae Marsh, was born Mary Wayne Marsh on Nov 9, 1894 in Madrid, New Mexico Territory. Marsh died at the age of 73 on Feb 13, 1968 in Hermosa Beach, CA and was laid to rest in Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, CA.


Round-faced, auburn-haired American star with Irish coloring - she would have been perfect for an early Technicolor test - Mae Marsh was one of the foremost actresses of the early silent era (particularly in films by D.W. Griffith), mostly in deglamorized or anguished roles. Retired in 1926 to start a family, but came back in 1931 to play off-and-on character roles in the cinema (frequently for director John Ford) for the rest of her life. Died from a heart attack.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Marsh was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Silent Film Actress: .

By Dawn on Oct 5, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, a film actress who's career spanned over 50 years. After Marsh returned from retirement to perform in "talkies", she played character roles for the next several decades. Marsh performed in one of my favorite films, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932) . She became a favorite of director Jo... Read full article

“Hoodoo Ann” (1916)

By Silentfilmfanatic on Oct 4, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

“Hoodoo Ann” (1916) is a silent drama starring , Robert Harron, and William H. Brown. Directed by Lloyd Ingraham and written by D.W. Griffith, this film is about an orphan girl that is shunned by the other children in the orphanage because they believe she brings bad luck. Th... Read full article

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Mae Marsh Quotes:

Hoodoo Ann: Do you really mean it? Am I really going to ride in a Ford?

The Dear One: I'll walk like her and maybe everyone will like me too.

The Mountain Girl: But touch my skirt and I'll scratch your eyes out!

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Mae Marsh Facts
In the Spring of 1918, the 18-year-old Ernest Hemingway claimed in letters to friends and family that he was engaged to Marsh. Hemingway was in New York at the time, preparing to go to Italy as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross, and he said he met Marsh at a party. Hemingway soon said that Marsh had broken the engagement. When asked about this incident 48 years later, in 1966, Marsh said she'd wished she'd known Hemingway (see letter and footnote in "Ernest Hemingway--Selected Letters," page 8).

Although Marsh's birth date is usually given as 1895, U.S. Census records from 1900 clearly indicate her birth date as 9 November 1894. Furthermore, the same census records indicate that her father, S.C. Marsh, did not die when she was four, as most stories have it, nor was he a railroad auditor. Rather, he was a bartender and was alive as late as June, 1900.

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